Contradiction (Queen of Swords)

The Queen of Swords is “a complete badass” according to the Kitchen Table Tarot. But that obviously wasn’t how the card felt to me, because when I pulled out bookcovers, they were mostly soft colors ….

So, I sat with it a while. And pondered. And re-read the books …

  • 78 Degrees: The Queen of Swords symbolizes both sorrow and wisdom … she uses the sword of her intellect to free herself from confusion, doubt, and fear
  • The Creative Tarot: her love is where things begin as inspiration … so use the sword for the right reasons … know when it’s time to put it down and reach out with your hands

Then I decided to stay with what felt right: a graceful scissortail flycatcher perched on barbed wire, bare branches and green leaves, the trace of water through stone, with passionate intellect underlying it all …

The Queen of Swords, my way …

11 thoughts on “Contradiction (Queen of Swords)

  1. So you are dealing really well and expressively with the court card energies all the while avoiding the elusive ‘human examples’. I love the color palette. You’re developing a flair for going in your own direction while still resonating with those of us who have been around tarot. It’ s quite extraordinary.

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    1. Thanks Acey … I was concerned at the outset that my lack of experience with tarot would be problematic, but time has lessened that feeling. I still trust that you and others will let me know if I veer too far off the path though

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  2. I love this one, the rough edges alongside the cut edge. Using her sword as intellect… Knowing when to put that down. Thought provoking.

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  3. I love that passionate intellect underlies this one. And, like Acey, I’m so impressed with how the personal visual vocabulary you’re developing manages to evoke the traditional better known images.

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    1. Dee … thanks for the ongoing encouragement … I so wanted the words to show, but there was no way it was going to work … now I realize it is just how it should be

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      1. And anyway, these are so much about the energy and not merely the visual compositions. So in that way, it matters not at all.

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  4. LA – there are those times that you have to go with the feeling – intuition from the centre rather than instruction from without. Stay safe. B

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    1. B – it was no great surprise when I first took the Myers-Briggs that I scored pretty high on the intuitive measure (right up there with introversion) …

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